BG graduate, 1984 (eek!).
The land is flat, very flat. Extremely flat. You can literally see for miles. At the time I went there, I spent my junior and senior years living on Offenhauer Towers, which are a pair of 10-story buildings. The tallest buildings literally for miles around. We got to see a tornado coming toward us from our perch on the 10th floor one year. You can get down 10 flights of stairs pretty quick if you have to.
The cold feels worse than it is because the flatness means it’s windy all the time. Old joke: Why is it so windy in Bowling Green? Because Toledo sucks and Miami (of Ohio) blows. I got two words for you: down jacket.
Your closest city of any size is Toledo. Tony Packo’s is a big attraction there. Good Hungarian food. You can also see a Mud Hens game. The closest big city is Detroit. Cleveland and Columbus are both a couple hours away. When you are driving to Toledo (which is about a half hour drive), you will see a mosque as you go by. At the time I went there it was surrounded by cornfields and the juxtaposition of these two things was quite weird.
Do you like hockey? BG has a good hockey team, and the hot dogs they serve at the arena are some of the best I’ve ever had. Don’t go to a football game in the late fall/winter because you will freeze your butt off.
Jarbaby mentions liking Myles Pizza, but I always thought it was too salty. Pisanello’s was my favorite, though some say their sauce is a little too sweet. Howard’s Club H is a local landmark – it’s a dump, but I mean that in the nicest way possible :). They’ve got good music there, Wednesday through Sunday:
The people at BG are for the most part very nice. I can vouch for the philosophy department – the philosophy courses I took there as an undergrad I enjoyed very much and the teaching was very competent. The psychology department is fantastic. Stay away from the English department. Gah. Just … gah. My best friend was a theater and education major and she enjoyed that experience very much as well.
Some of the architecture in BowlingGreen is neat, too. Behold the Wood County Courthouse:
I remember thinking that the jail part of this building was distinctly creepy (they don’t keep prisoners there any more).